Sustainable Melbourne home builders
At JKBD, all our home designs are developed to maximise all three categories of sustainability. Whether you are building a brand new home or just looking to retrofit your existing property, Melbourne-based sustainable home building designers can work with you to implement climate-responsive designs that uphold your standards of sustainability.
Sustainable building: embracing passive design
Sustainable buildings embody passive design, which embraces the climate that surrounds us by maintaining a comfortable temperature range within the home. This unique design is sustainable in a range of ways. From reducing or eliminating the need for auxiliary cooling and heating to phasing out the overall greenhouse gas emissions from your home, this unique design uses natural sources of heating and cooling to achieve this. Letting in sun and cooling breezes can be reached by orienting a building appropriately and carefully designing the roof, walls, windows and floors of the building, otherwise known as the buildings envelope.
However, achieving the ultimate passive design look requires a basic understanding of how the home works with seasonal climate change, such as when to close or open a window and how to operate adjustable shading. Passive design strategies can also vary depending on the climate. Choosing a home design consultant who is experienced in passive design can help ensure the use of thermal performance software in your home.